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They Invented What? (No. 168)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on May 7, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 7,037,541: Alcoholic beverages derived from animal extract, and methods for the production thereof.

JW Note:  Red wine with red meat, white wine with seafood, chicken wine with . . . chicken ? 

What is claimed is:

1. A fermented alcoholic beverage, comprising an animal extract subjected to lactic acid fermentation, followed by a heating process to terminate lactic acid fermentation, followed by yeast fermentation after termination of the lactic acid fermentation.

2. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein an alcohol concentration in said beverage is controlled by adjusting a saccharide content after lactic acid fermentation.

3. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 2, wherein said saccharide content is controlled by altering a starting composition prior to lactic acid fermentation.

4. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 2, wherein said saccharide content is controlled by altering a composition after lactic acid fermentation.

5. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 2, wherein said saccharide content is controlled by altering a composition of the extract before and after lactic acid fermentation.

6. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein said animal extract comprises a meat extract.

7. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein said animal extract comprises a bone extract.

8. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein said animal extract is selected from one or more of beef, pork, mutton, chicken, duck, and turkey.

9. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, further comprising one or more of a fruit juice, a vegetable, and a saccharide composition added prior to lactic acid fermentation and/or yeast fermentation.

10. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein said beverage is aged prior to consumption.

11. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein said animal extract is derived essentially from meat and bone.

12. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein said lactic acid fermentation is initiated by the inoculation of an aqueous liquid containing said extract with one or more of liquid food grade cultures and frozen or freeze-dried concentrated culture of lactic acid bacteria.

13. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein said yeast fermentation is initiated by the inoculation of an aqueous liquid containing said extract with one or more of liquid food grade cultures and dried cultures of yeast.

14. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, further comprising carbonation.

15. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, further comprising carbonated water, added after yeast fermentation.

16. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, further comprising one or more sweetener selected from the group consisting of fruit juice and honey, added after yeast fermentation.

17. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein organic amines represent greater than 25% by weight of total organic soluble solids.

18. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein nitrogen expressed as protein according represents at least 50% by weight of total organic soluble solids.

19. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, having less than 0.5% by weight sodium.

20. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, wherein fermentation conditions are controlled to standardize at least one of taste, aroma, color, and alcohol content of the fermented alcoholic beverage, by adding one or more of fruit juice, vegetables, and saccharides prior to lactic acid fermentation and/or yeast fermentation.

21. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, having less than 250 mg sodium per liter.

22. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, having less than 250 mg sodium per 375 ml serving.

23. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, comprising at least 1.5% ethanol by volume.

24. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, comprising at least 12% ethanol by volume.

25. A method for producing a fermented alcoholic beverage, comprising the steps of: (a) providing an aqueous animal extract; (b) fermenting said aqueous animal extract with lactic acid bacteria; (c) terminating said lactic acid fermentation with a heating process; and (d) fermenting the product after termination of said lactic acid bacteria fermentation in a yeast fermentation.

26. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of adding nutrients during fermentation.

27. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of controlling an alcohol concentration in the beverage by adjusting a yeast fermentable fraction remaining after lactic acid fermentation.

28. The method according to claim 27, wherein said yeast fermentable fraction is controlled by altering a starting composition prior to lactic acid bacteria fermentation.

29. The method according to claim 27, wherein said yeast fermentable fraction is controlled by altering a composition before and after lactic acid bacteiia fermentation.

30. The method according to claim 25, wherein the aqueous animal extract comprises a meat extract.

31. The method according to claim 25, wherein the aqueous animal extract comprises a bone extract.

32. The method according to claim 25, wherein said aqueous animal extract is selected from one or more of beef, pork, mutton, chicken, duck, and turkey.

33. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of adding one or more of a fruit juice, a vegetable, and a saccharide composition prior to at least one of lactic acid bacteria fermentation and yeast fermentation.

34. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of aging the beverage prior to consumption.

35. The method according to claim 25, wherein said aqueous animal extract is derived essentially from meat and bone.

36. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of initiating lactic acid bacteria fermentation by inoculating with at least one of liquid food grade cultures frozen or freeze-dried concentrated culture of lactic acid bacteria.

37. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of initiating yeast fermentation by inoculating with liquid food grade cultures and/or dried cultures of yeast.

38. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of carbonating said beverage.

39. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of adding carbonated water.

40. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of adding a fruit juice or honey added after yeast fermentation.

41. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of controlling fermentation conditions to standardize taste, aroma, color, and/or alcohol content of the beverage, by adding fruit juice, vegetables, and/or saccharides prior to lactic acid fermentation and/or yeast fermentation.

42. The method according to claim 25, further comprising the step of monitoring a pH during fermentation.

43. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises organic amines represent greater than 50% by weight of total organic soluble solids.

44. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises nitrogen expressed as protein of at least 90% by weight of total organic soluble solids.

45. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises less than 0.5% by weight sodium.

46. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises less than 1% by weight sodium chloride.

47. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises less than 1.250 mg sodium per liter.

48. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises less than 500 mg sodium per liter.

49. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises at least 1.5% ethanol by volume.

50. The method according to claim 25, wherein a resulting beverage comprises at least 12% ethanol by volume.

51. A fermented alcoholic beverage produced according to the method of claim 25.

52. The fermented alcoholic beverage according to claim 1, produced by the method comprising the steps of: (a) providing an aqueous animal extract; (b) fermenting said aqueous animal extract with lactic acid bacteria; and (c) fermenting the product following termination of said lactic acid bacteria fermentation in a yeast fermentation.

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  1. Gena777 said, on May 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Ugh. Patent law certainly does have its gross-out moments.

  2. Tom Galvani said, on May 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Maybe I’m wrong – and correct me if I am – but is there really a limit to what can be fermented? It could be much worse than claims 6 and 7. I say be glad these claims are as broad (i.e., non-illustrative / non-descriptive / non-vomit-worthy) as they are.


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